How to clean a hard water stain

I hate it when I have to task myself to projects like “remove the hard water buildup” off the shower head – it’s not exactly my idea of fun! For all those of you who feel the same, at least I can share a way for you to get the job done quickly with another one of my DIY natural cleaning methods.

So here’s my bathroom shower head, with the shameful hard water buildup on the outside of the faucet. Looks like a job for the jackhammer, no? Not really – here’s what I used to remove the hard water buildup:

Lemon juice, cream of tartar and an old toothbrush

Step 1: Wet the surface with the lemon juice

Step 2: Dust some cream of tartar on the affected area

Step 3: Make a paste with a few drops of lemon juice and cream of tartar

Step 4: Using the toothbrush, scrub the paste all over the area until it’s clean

Step 5: Rinsed it off with water – Good as new!!

I hope this helps! Try using this concoction on all your fixtures to shine them up!


Hi, I’m Jayna a newborn & baby photographer – (, mom of 2 and a recipe critic. I live in the suburbs of north Dallas near Plano, Texas with my husband of 13 years, our kids and our hairless dog. I love being creative, drinking coffee, pinning on pinterest and whipping up new dessert recipes. Creator of digital backdrops for newborn photographers in the etsy shop Connect with me, I’d love to hear from you!





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Do you think this would also work if I used baking soda instead of cream of tartar?


Only one way to tell. Certainly wouldn’t hurt anything.


Have any ideas how to clean brown water stains on a fiberglass garden tub?


Would cream of tartar clean soap scum off shower tile? Thanx for your response.


I’m not sure because I’ve never tried – but I’m sure it would do a great job!


I have a home and small office cleaning business, and have several homes that have hard-water build-up on their chrome fixtures in the bathrooms. I’m a shine freak when it comes to the chrome in my “houses” and am so frustrated when I can’t get those to “sparkle” when I’m done. Am gonna have to try this!!!!!! Also have a house where the hard-water build-up on the fiberglass tub and shower walls is REALLY bad. Most of my houses I can make a major difference with Magic Eraser………but not these!!!! Any ideas on that??? Would greatly appreciate any help here!!!! Thanks major in advance!!!! They already think I’m unbelievable…..would love it if I could “rock” their world!!!!! LOL


Hi. I’m going to try it definitely. But on a real stained surface. Thanks for the ideas anyway. Next time keep it a little more real.

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